10 years in the making, the Reichstag was completed in 1894 to house the National Assembly. Already subject to controversy - because it was taller than Emperor Whilhelm II's castle, the palace suffered the vagaries of history on multiple occasions. In February 1933, the infamous Reichstag fire was used as pretext by Nazis to justify repressive measures imposed on the opposition. Almost completely destroyed by World War II bombings, the monument has been rebuilt between 1961 and 1971 in simplified form. The glass cupola that overlooks the palace is a sign of its newfound modernity.
One year after German Reunification in 1990, the Reichstag building became the country's Parliament. The cupola and the façade are easy to recognize and it is now one of Berlin's most famous historical locations. You can visit the cupola's terrace, offering unobstructed views onto the whole capital. Visit is free of charge, but you may want to book it a couple of days beforehand.
Reichstag (German Parliament)
Platz der Republik 1
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